Augusta’s annual Harvest Festival will feature two jam-packed days of great events celebrating the artists and artisans of Augusta’s Wine Country.
Sponsored by the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the festival will take place on Fri., Sept. 14, and Sat., Sept. 15 and will “provide an opportunity to experience the heart of Augusta’s Wine Country from a completely different viewpoint,” says event chairman Randal Oaks.
The Harvest Festival kicks off with the Swingin’ in the Vines Concert and Picnic in the Vineyard on Fri., Sept. 14. Participants will board a rustic wagon to one of Augusta’s original vaulted wine cellars and enjoy a gourmet picnic basket dinner in the vineyards with music by Michael Lacey and his New Orleans Swing Band. Reservations are required, and admission is $85 per couple.
The Kids Harvest Parade will take place at 10am on Sat., Sept. 15, followed by a children’s yoga demonstration, plein air art demonstration and a Quick Paint Contest for kids in the Augusta Town Square. The Art of My Mama’s Kitchen Pie Baking contest also will take place that day. Winners of the pie baking and children’s art contests will be announced at noon in the Town Square, followed by a pie walk.
Throughout the day, the lawn at Ebenezer UCC Church will be filled with rocking chairs for a Rock-a-thon fundraiser hosted by the Heritage Cluster of UCC Churches. “Rockers” will rock from 9am to 5pm to raise money for Camp Mo-Val.
Saturday afternoon also will provide the opportunity to meet seven unique Augusta artists and artisans who will discuss their crafts: glass-blowing, wood carving, culinary arts, healing arts, quilt-making and more. A schedule and venue will be posted at augusta-chamber.org.
Also on Saturday afternoon, the Art of Music in Augusta will come alive with the Augusta Bottoms Consort performing under the arbor at Oaks Crossing from 2 to 4:30pm, and there will be artisans working and plein air artists painting around town.
The Wine Maker’s Social on Saturday evening will mark the finale of the Harvest Festival. This is an exclusive dining experience where wine makers from the Augusta area each select a wine to be paired with an hors d’oeuvre or dinner menu item. The event rotates from one venue to another each year.
This year’s event will be hosted by Sugar Creek Winery. Enjoy a sunset toast and hors d’oeuvres on the bluff. Meet the local winemakers, then board a harvest wagon to the vineyards for a seated dinner. Guest speakers will include FEAST publisher Catherine Neville and Jack Galmiche, president and CEO of PBS Channel 9 Network. Cellist Gregory Spillman with Jefferson City Symphony will provide classical and classic rock music. Seating is limited to 100 guests. Reservations are required, and admission is $75 per person.
A silent auction during the two-day festival will provide an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind items, art and exclusive wine country experiences in Augusta Wine Country. Winners will be announced at the Wine Maker’s Social.
Reservations for Friday and Saturday night’s special events can be made through The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce at 636.228.4005 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit augusta-chamber.org for more detailed information.